The Best Mosquito Repellents of 2023
These repellents won't let mosquitoes suck the fun out of summer.
Summer is barbecues, fishing trips, and the distinct high-pitched hum of a mosquito zeroing in on your ear. The latter can ruin your summer fun with constant swatting and the eventual itching. But, mosquito repellent can save the day. To help you find the best mosquito repellent for your needs, I tested a bunch of them in my mosquito-infested woods to find repellents that are effective and user friendly. Here are my picks:
Best Overall: Coleman Insect Repellent SkinSmart
Best for Backyards: Thermacell EX90
Best Small Bottle: Repel 100
Best Lotion: Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion
Best for Treating Clothing: Sawyer Permethrin
Best Portable Device: Thermacell MR450 Armored Mosquito Repeller
Best Natural: Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Mosquito & Tick Repellent Spray
Best Device for Backpacking: Backpacker Mosquito Repeller
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
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